Institute for Inquiry
"Inquiry in the Informal Learning Environment"
Doris Ash and Christine Klein
Chapter in Inquiring into Inquiry Learning and Teaching in Science
Edited by Jim Minstrell and Emily H. van Zee
American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISBN 0-87168-641-4

This chapter by Ash and Klein examines the underlying principles of inquiry learning in informal—non-school—settings in which learners pursue answers to their own questions not because they “have to” but because their curiosity propels them forward. From there, the authors go on to explore what they call the “synergy between informal and formal learning environments,” looking at how the qualities of informal learning—self-direction, playfulness, cooperation, interactivty—might be included in more formal learning settings.

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